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Portrait cut

A type of diamond cut that originated in the middle ages with two sets of angled facets on the top and the bottom of the stone. This allows light to enter from both sides of the stone.


The documented evidence that proves the history of a piece.


Embossing. A metalwork technique where sheet metal is shaped by hammering from behind to create a raised pattern on the front side.


Jewellery  worn on the finger.


A necklace consisting of individually set graduated gemstones of the same variety.


 A cut of diamond with a flat back and domed top.


 A stone that has not been cut or polished.

Safely chain

A thin chain that attaches the clasps of a bracelet or necklace together so that if the regular clasps come undone, the piece of jewellery won't be lost.


A reddish brown variety of quartz. Similar to cornelian although darker in colour. 


A long chain sometimes with a pendant or tassel at the bottom.


An Egyptian amulet shaped like a dung beetle worn to symbolize birth , life ,death and resurrection. The flat underside of the ambulate was often inscribed. 


Similar to the scarab although the upper side is shaped as an animal or good luck symbol. 


A carved hardstone which holds the signature or monogram of the owner and was used to imprint wax on letters or other documentation. Usually set on signet rings or on a fob chain.

Seed pearl

A very small pearl.  Often irregular in shape. 


The band of a ring.


A Japanese copper and silver alloy. Dark in colour.


A precious metal which is grey-white in colour. 

Simulant gemstone

A stone that looks visually similar to a precious stone but has a very different chemical composition.


A gemstone that can come in many colours but is often seen in deep reds.

St. Bridget's Cross

A cross traditionally woven from rushes. This cross has a woven square in the centre and four arms which are tied at the ends. The St.Brigid's day crosses are made to mark the beginning of spring and would have been hung above doors to protect a home.

St. Christopher

The patron saint of travellers. Often on medals worn on necklaces and brooches.


Devant de corsage. A large piece of triangular jewellery won on the centre panel of the bodice of a dress which extends from bust to waist. 


An activist group in the early 20th century who fought for women's right to vote. 


A set of jewellery  designed to be worn together.


A draped necklace with foliage motifs including fruits, flowers and leaves. 

Synthetic Gemstone

A lab grown stone.


A classic piece of jewellery originating from 1800’s pocket watches. A long T shaped bar was used to hold pocket watches in place by treading the long arms through a buttonhole. After wrist watches gained popularity these watch chains began to be won as necklaces.  

Table cut

A style of gem cutting with a flat top.

Target ring

An Art Deco style of ring that are designed with the pattern of a target or bullseye. A central stone is encircled by smaller stones of a different colour.


A jewelled head ornament which does not encircle the entire head but perches on top with decorations to the front.


The colour of a coat of arms used in heraldry. 

Toi et moi

Meaning ‘ you and me’ in french. This style of ring comprises two gemstones sitting side by side on a band representing the meeting of two lovers. The style originates in 1796 when Napoleon Bonapart proposed to Josephine de Beauharanis with the first Toi et Moi ring.


A metal collar or neck ring worn in Bronze and Iron age Europe.


Decorative twist made of multiple strands.


Swirl. A style of ring where the shoulders of the ring twist around a central stone. 

Trinity ring

Originally invented by Cartier in 1924, a trinity ring consists of 3 interwoven rings. It is meant to symbolise fidelity, friendship and love.


The upright form of a cobra used as a symbol of royalty in ancient Egypt.


Thick gold plated sterling silver.


An item, article or object that is over twenty years old, but under one hundred years old.


A broad collar comprised of multiple strings of beads worn in Ancient Egypt.